Cold weather may be descending upon the Gulf Coast, but the 2016 Hangout Music Festival (May 20-22) is already giving the region a preview of what the warmer months will bring. Last week, this beach-side music festival surprised the public with its initial lineup announcement. The selection of musical acts proves festival organizers aim to maintain a line-up that mixes fresh sounds with festival veterans and modern music legends.

Some of the biggest names are from the indie rhythm and blues and hip-hop scenes. With hits such as “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills,” The Weeknd has been receiving a ton of radio play; as one of the headliners, he will be bringing his smooth grooves to the beach. Fetty Wap’s trademark croons, which come straight out of the trap house, will mark his Hangout Fest debut. OutKast ignited the crowd at the 2014 fest, and one-half of this iconic hip-hop duo will be returning as Big Boi joins fellow Hangout Fest veteran Phantogram onstage.

Numerous bands representing a variety of rock styles will be performing at Hangout Fest 2016. Florence & the Machine are bringing their powerful indie rock sounds. Panic! At The Disco will entertain the masses with cuts from its upcoming release “Death of a Bachelor.” Haim’s Coachella sets have been electrifying and their set at Hangout Fest should be just as charismatic. Lo-fi garage rockers Bass Drum of Death will stir up the shoreline with its raunchy style of rock. Guitar legend Lenny Kravitz will bring a little ‘90s mainstream to the mix. Jam fans will be pleased to see the return of Moon Taxi. Alabama Shakes will give Hangout Fest another dose of their retro rock sounds.

In addition to these great acts, the lineup also includes crowd-pleasers such as Calvin Harris, Jason Isbell, Cage the Elephant, Nahko & Medicine for the People, The Revivalists, Pepper, Muddy Magnolias and many more. With Christmas around the corner, weekend passes would make the best stocking-stuffer ever for the music fan on your list. Weekend passes are on sale through the Hangout Fest website. Once again, the festival is offering both VIP and Super VIP experiences for the cushy side of this world-class boutique festival.

Giving us something we can feel

(Photos/facebook.com/envogue) En Vogue will help Mobile ring in the new year at MoonPie Over Mobile Dec. 31.

(Photos/facebook.com/envogue) En Vogue will help Mobile ring in the new year at MoonPie Over Mobile Dec. 31.


The Azalea City also learned least week who will be entertaining the crowd at this year’s MoonPie drop. City officials revealed En Vogue will bring their exquisite harmonies to downtown Mobile on New Year’s Eve. This bevy of ‘90s divas topped the charts with such hits as “Hold On,” “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” and “Giving Him Something He Can Feel.” Their performance at MoonPie Over Mobile should provide the perfect accent to the advent of the new year.